University of Surrey

Surrey Energy Economics Centre (SEEC)

PG Programme: MSc

MSc in Energy Economics & Policy
For many years SEEC has overseen the specialised Energy Economics and Policy degree, which is acredited by the Energy Insitute. The programme is part ofthe School of Economics modular MSc programme. It provides training in core postgraduate economics and econometrics and the economics of energy and energy policy. The programme aims to provide a thorough understanding of the economics of energy supply, demand and policy; both in the UK and internationally. Students seeking to acquire a professional qualification or research skills in the energy field will find this course invaluable, providing a thorough preparation for a career as an energy economist and/or further research work in the energy field.

Structure of the Course
The course comprises of core and optional modules as set out in the table below with the credits given in brackets.

Autumn Semester

Spring Semester

Preliminary Quantitative Methods


Microeconomics (15)

Econometrics II (15)

Macroeconomics (15)

Energy Regulation & Policy (15)

Econometrics I (15)

Economics of International Oil & Gas (15)

Energy Economics & Technology (15)

Empirical Methods in Energy Economics (15)

Autumn Semester, Spring Semester & Summer
: Research Methods & Dissertation (60)

The majority of credit rated modules are assessed by a combination of examination and coursework (which may take various forms, including essays, class tests, exercises and presentations). The coursework for Research Methods includes the submission of a research proposal for a student's chosen area of study for the dissertation. Candidates require a minimum of 180 credits for the award of the MSc. The minimum number of credits for a Postgraduate Certificate is 60. The minimum number of credits for a Postgraduate Diploma is 120.

Career Prospects
The MSc Programme trains students in the application of economic methods to the analysis of real-world issues. Successful past students have gone on to follow careers as economists, particularly in areas relevant to their specialisation, such as the energy industries, multinational enterprises, financial institutions and development agencies, as well as in Government departments. Others have wished to develop their research skills further by taking a PhD degree.

Entry Requirements
Applicants should normally hold a UK first or 2.1 degree in economics, or an equivalent qualification. However, in certain cases, applicants who have a joint degree in economics and a related discipline, but who have had a wide involvement in the energy field, may also be considered, as may graduates in mathematics, engineering and science. Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for interview to discuss the programme before an offer is made. Overseas applicants who cannot attend an interview may be required to send in written material upon which they may be evaluated. The English language requirements are IELTS minimum overall of 6.5 and IELTS minimum by component of 6.0.

More information and Applications
For more information about the course and how to apply, please click here.

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